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Richie Bancells – Head Athletic Trainer

Richard “Richie” Bancells, 60, was one of the recipients of the 1995 & 2011 “Major League Baseball Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award.” The Key West, Fla., native began his career with the Orioles’ Rookie League affiliate in 1978 where he served as athletic trainer for the Class A Bluefield Orioles. He served as athletic trainer for the AAA Rochester Red Wings from 1980 to 1983. He has spent his entire Major League athletic training career with the Orioles, the last 26 years as head athletic trainer. Bancells received his master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1981, where he was a graduate assistant under NATA past-president Bobby Barton for EKU football, basketball and track teams. In 1999 he was honored as a distinguished alumnus of EKU. Bancells served as athletic trainer for the Major League All-Star Game in 1993 and 2004. He is a member of the Maryland Athletic Trainers Association and their Hall of Fame. In 2011 received the Orioles Advocates Herb Armstrong Award and named to the Orioles Hall of Fame. Richie is a past President of PBATS serving 3 terms from 2008-2013. He has also served on the PBATS Board as Treasurer and Secretary. In 1996, he visited Tokyo to lecture on athletic health care for the Japanese Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (JPBATS). In 2002, Bancells was a part of the Major League Baseball/Japan All-Star Tour. A certified member of the NATA, Bancells was a recipient of the 2011 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. He is also a two-time recipient of the PBATS Athletic Training Staff of the Year award – 1995 with Jamie Reed and 2011 with Brian Ebel. Bancells is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He presently sits on the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Committee and during the off-season often serves as a lecturer at various seminars. Richie lives in Parkton, Md., with his wife, Carol. They have three children, Christopher, Andrea, Timothy and one grandson, Ryan.

Brian Ebel – Asst. Athletic Trainer

Brian Ebel, is enjoying his 20th year in Major League Baseball and his 31st as a member of the Baltimore Orioles athletic training staff. Ebel 48, was one of the recipients of the 2012 PBATS President’s Distinguished Service award for his work on Electronic Medical Records. He was a recipient of the 2011 Major League Athletic Training staff of the year award along with Richie Bancells. He began his career with 12 years in the Orioles farm system, Working his way up through the ranks with affiliates in Bluefield, W.Va. (Rookie League); Erie, Penn. (Class A); and Hagerstown, Md. (Class AA). From 1992 to 1996, he served as the O’s Head Minor League Athletic Trainer and rehabilitation coordinator in Sarasota, Fla. The Versailles, Ind. native received scholarships in 1985 from PBATS, and in 1986 from Eastern Kentucky University, his alma mater and was honored as a distinguished alumnus in 1999. In 2003, he earned an MBA degree from Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, Ebel completed an administrative residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Ebel was an Athletic Trainer for the American League at the 2007 All-Star Game. Ebel currently serves on the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Board and the MLB steering committee for Electronic Medical Records. He also sits on the PBATS Gatorade Advisory Board. Ebel served on the PBATS Board as the American League Assistant Athletic Trainer Representative from 1999-2005. He also served on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland (UCP) from 2005-2010. In 2011, Ebel Traveled to Taiwan as part of the MLB AllStar series tour. In May 2012, Ebel was awarded a United States Patent for an Orthopedic device to aid in the treatment of Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs during weight bearing activities. He is a Certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Maryland Athletic Trainers Association, a licensed athletic trainer in both Maryland and Florida, as well as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Ebel has two sons, Brady and Brett.

Chris Correnti – Asst. Athletic Trainer

Chris Correnti, 49, is entering his third season as assistant athletic trainer with the Baltimore Orioles. Correnti spent the 2012-2013 season as a performance consultant with the Orioles, and prior to that, he spent 2007-2010 as a consultant and rehabilitation specialist with the New York Mets. Chris started his career in professional baseball with the Houston Astros in 1990, and worked in the Midwest and Florida State Leagues until 1993. He then spent 1994-2005 within the Boston Red Sox organization, finishing his time with the Red Sox as the Major League assistant athletic trainer and rehabilitation coordinator from 2001-2005. Chris is ATC and CSCS certified. He currently resides in Fort Myers, FL., with wife Cynthia and his four children, Jimmy, Ashlyn, Sarah, and Jennifer.

Chris Poole – Asst. Athletic Trainer

Chris Poole, 28, is entering his first year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Baltimore Orioles.  He has been an athletic trainer in the organization since 2013 with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, Aberdeen IronBirds and parts of two seasons with the Major League club, as well as a serving as the organization’s athletic trainer representative for the Arizona Fall League in 2014 with the Glendale Desert Dogs.  Prior to being hired by the Orioles he spent the 2010 and 2012 seasons as the Professional Baseball Athletic Training Society’s intern with the Orioles.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training in 2010 from Towson University and his Master of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology in 2012 from William Paterson University.  Poole is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, Maryland Athletic Trainer’s Association and is licensed to practice athletic training in both Maryland and Florida.  He was born and raised in Maryland and currently resides in Columbia, MD.